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Is soffit installation considered an upgrade? The house we are interested in has onset of mold in attic. Inspector recommended installing soffit vents

Asked by pischomehomebuyer, Piscataway, NJ Tue Dec 17, 2013

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Like everything else about purchasing or selling a home this is a negotiating point. The mold remediation probably cost the seller upwards of two or three thousand dollars. Taking care of present mold does not prevent future mold - as you indicate, you need to address the cause. Creating soffit vents will go a long way to avoiding future mold. I have had clients on both sides of this "fight"... look at the "deal" you got on the house - every house - new or old - will have necessary upgrades or maintenance issues. If you feel you got a fair deal on the house, let the soffits go - it's not a huge expense to have them added, consider is something you need to do and take care of it when you own the house. Then you know it will be done right. Good luck!
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a ridge roof can also help
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Dear Pischomehomebuyer,
If the new soffit installation is part of the mold remediation it would not be considered an upgrade; but, rather a remediation process. If we can be of further assistance, please reach out to us via phone at (908) 912-5298 or via email at Toni@MorettiTeam.com. We hope the information provided was helpful.
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Most roof systems have soffits that are there to allow the air to circulate in the attic. It sounds like the soffits
are either clogged (painted over, blocked by insulation) or just not enough of them. This is a fairly inexpensive fix. The mold in the attic is what should concern you. This will need to be remediated (removed) and the source eliminated. Neither of these would be considered an upgrade but a maintenance issue.
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The seller is willing remediate mold and fix ventilation fan in the attic.
The house is almost 30 yrs old and inspector told us that soffits and air chutes were not standard in NJ then.
He strongly recommends that soffit/air chutes must be installed and the fan alone is not enough to prevent recurrence of mold.

Seller thinks it is an upgrade. We want fair negotiation, so would like to know, should soffit/air chutes be part of inspection contingency fix?
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